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CRICKET


In the pretty Staffordshire village of Abbots Bromley, teamwork has seen an ambitious plan to create a new community sports hub grow from vision to reality. Pitchcare caught up with joint Trustee and Chairman, John Stevenson, to discover more about how the project is progressing


ground, needed the land back. Although an alternative site was offered, the enormity of establishing an entirely new ground caused the committee serious concern. “When it was suggested that the club might fold, my immediate thought was ‘Over my dead body!’. Having been involved with the club for over forty years - both as a player and on the committee - it was unthinkable that cricket would no longer be a part of village life.” Thus began a labour of love that has seen John Stevenson


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ack in 2010, the future of Abbots Bromley Cricket Club was hanging in the balance. Abbots Bromley School, which leased the club its existing


spearhead a project to create a new hub for village sport, with community spirit and joined-up thinking key to its success.


Joined-up thinking


The school offered a 13-acre field to the edge of village as the new site for the ground and, with the village football, tennis and netball clubs also needing a permanent home, the ‘acorn from which an oak would grow’ was sown. In 2011, several keen locals formed a working group to take the project forward - but it wasn’t all plain sailing, as John explains: “Initially, two or three people formed the working group to create the sports ground. Looking back, I have to say we were rather


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